• Welcome to Billie Eilish world: #1 album and #1 single before tour
• Album action also for I Prevail, Devin Townsend & Black Sorrows
Just weeks before her Australian tour and a Nova Red Room performance, young US indie pop sensation Billie Eilish has taken over the charts this week off the back of the release of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The album release has helped push Bad Guy all the way the top for her first #1 single in Australia. Seven other album tracks managed to debut in the top 50 this week – All The Good Girls Go To Hell (#8), Xanny (#10), My Strange Addiction (#12), I Love You (#20), Ilomilo (#23), Listen Before I Go (#29) and 8 (#35). Four other Eilish tracks hits new chart peaks – Bury A Friend (#3), Wish You Were Gay (#5), When The Party’s Over (#7) and You Should See Me In A Crown (#16).
Eilish dislodged Jonas Brothers from the top of the charts and becomes only the fifth artist to top the singles chart this year after 14 weeks.
ARIA noted Eilish’s six tracks in the top 10 breaks the ARIA record for most tracks in the top 10 previously held by Ed Sheeran in March 2017 with five tracks in the top 10.
The only other artist to force their way into the top 50 was Birds Of Tokyo with Good Lord, which snuck into the 50 at #48 after three weeks on the chart. The band is the last act in this season of [V]’s Island Parties at the end of April.
Although her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? gives Billie Eilish her first #1 in Australia, she has appeared here previously with the EP Don’t Smile At Me, which climbed as high as #6 in February and remains on the chart at #12 this week.
The Hilltop Hoods have managed to roam the top 10 for eight weeks since their former #1 album The Great Expanse was released. This week it has returned to #2 on the chart with its vinyl release helping sales momentum. They haven’t toured since the end of Eminem’s visit here just over a month ago, but they are part of the Groovin The Moo tour which starts later this months where they share the bill with many artists including Billie Eilish.
Michigan’s meanest I Prevail are another of three new artists to debut in the top 10 and their second album Trauma lands at #6, improving on the peak of their debut album Lifelines at #8 in October 2016. The band is spending much of the northern summer on the road across the USA with a handful of European dates too.
Rock guitarist Devin Townsend is not yet 50, but he’s already up to album #18. His solo work dabbles in a number of music genres and the latest is Empath, which also cracks the top 10 at #10.
Speaking of music industry veterans, how good is it that Joe Camilleri can chart close to the top with a new album. His latest is Citizen John with his band The Black Sorrows, which is new at #11. This is the band’s 18th album, but get this, it’s the first to crack the ARIA top 50 since Lucky Charm peaked at #20 back in 1994. The band has dates in Sydney this week before appearing at Bluesfest at Easter. It’s then on the road across Europe for April and May.
Three other albums cracked the top 50 on debut:
#32 Ben Platt with Sing To Me Instead – the first album from the US actor, singer and songwriter.
#34 Yelawolf with Trunk Muzik 3 – the fifth album from the US rapper.
#49 Luke Dickens with After The Rain – third album for the country music performer who was an entrant on Australian Idol in 2008. The Nashville-recorded release has gone to #1 on the Australian Artist Country Album Chart and is at #5 on the ARIA Country Chart.